Tottenham boss Pochettino has admitted to a good relationship with Roy Hodgson.
Pochettino said: “I get along well with Hodgson . I like working with young people and in almost three years there are 10 players who have played for Southampton and Tottenham and been in his squad. If there are closed doors, it is difficult for talent to be seen. I think that the talent is accompanied by commitment [from Hodgson], and it results in a change of philosophy and football.”
Hodgson has used a number of Tottenham’s players since Pochettino’s appointed as Surs head coach, bringing in the likes of Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend, Eric Dier, Dele Alli and Harry Kane into his first-team squad.
Pochettino had the same impact upon his Southampton squad when in charge at St Mary’s Stadium, with Adam Lallana, Luke Shaw, Nathaniel Clyne and Rickie Lambert all making the step up to international football under his guidance.
The Argentine coach has admitted he has a good relationship with Hodgson, and he appreciates that the England boss opens the doorway for the young talent to make their name in the senior international squad.
There is a dearth of talent in the senior squad, and the Tottenham players all deserve to be playing considering the form they have shown this term in the Premier League. The likes of Dier and Alli are arguably better than any of the other senior midfield options Hodgson can call upon, despite their young age.
But it would always be a risk placing such a young duo into a squad, and even more risky to play them, but Hodgson has no qualms about calling them up because they have proven themselves in the top flight.
Pochettino has shown faith in his young players at club level, but Hodgson deserves praise for showing this same faith in the much higher pressure world of international football.